Zlatan Ibrahimovic Will Not Be Going To FIFA World Cup 2018 In Russia

| April 27 , 2018 , 12:54 IST

The Swedish Football superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be part of Sweden’s FIFA World Cup 2018 Squad, the Swedish football federation announced on Thursday.

"I spoke with Zlatan on Tuesday. He said that he has not changed his mind regarding the national squad, it’s a no." the managing director of the national squad, Lars Richt, said in a statement after the player dropped numerous hints of a possible return.

In an appearance on ABC television's late-night Jimmy Kimmel show on April 18, the new star of LA Galaxy teased fans that he may come out of retirement to play in Russia.

Known for his swagger, Zlatan said "it wouldn't be a World Cup" if he didn't play, adding, "I'm going to the World Cup, yes."

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Ibrahimovic retired from the national squad in 2016 after the European Championship.

Coach of Sweden’s national team Janne Andersson has been coolly indifferent.

"It doesn't change anything for me," he said last month.

"Zlatan is very welcome to call me," Andersson added.

Ibrahimovic has 31 winners' medals from spells with Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United. 

In trademark style, he announced his arrival in Los Angeles with a full-page advert in the LA Times reading simply: "Dear Los Angeles, You're welcome."